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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/22/2014
Meeting Ends11/25/2014

Call for Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2014

Requirements for Participation

Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: “Religious Violence” in the Ancient World

Much of the recent discussion of “religious violence” in contemporary media has its roots in the conflicts generated by the interplay of the cultural and religious traditions that claim some heritage of the ancient Mediterranean world. This session will problematize and explore this concept by investigating the representation and reality of how violence was sanctioned, explained or challenged based on religious notions, and in turn how religions engaged with and responded to violence in the ancient Mediterranean between the first millennium BCE and 400 CE. Topics to be considered include: the religious rhetoric of violence, archaeological evidence of religious conflict, history of religious tolerance vs. religious persecution, the interplay of politics and religion in sanctioning violence, gendered aspects of religion and violence, and the psychologies of religion and violence in this period.

Program Unit Chairs

Jeffrey Brodd
Nancy A. Evans

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